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Center for Information Assurance & Security College of Engineering & Computer Science

About Center for Information Assurance & Security

About The Center

The Department of Computer Science established a Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS) in 2005. The mission of the center is to advance knowledge of information assurance and security practices through:

  • Education, training, and awareness programs in information assurance and security issues and practices.
  • Applied research in information assurance and security.
  • Developing interdisciplinary programs in information assurance and security.
  • Outreach programs to assist our community, including community colleges, K-12 schools, industry, and government in information assurance and security issues.
  • Forming collaborations with other education, research, industry, and government institutions.

CAE Designation

CIAS has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IA) since 2007. This designation is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The designation has to be renewed every five years, to ensure the designated institution meets stringent criteria with respect to curriculum, faculty, research, and institution-wide commitment to information assurance practices and education.

CIAS has recently been awarded its re-designation as a CAE in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) for the academic years 2017-2022. The CAE designation was one of the key factors for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award Sacramento State over $4 million in funding as part of the CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service (SFS) program to support students in computer science or computer engineering to become cybersecurity specialists for the academic years 2010-2014, and again 2015-2021.

Education and Research in Information Assurance

The Center for Information Assurance and Security is deeply involved in numerous security or privacy research and education projects, such as network & distributed system security, intrusion detection, vulnerability analysis, access control, efficient and provably secure symmetric cryptography, secure programming, social computing, cloud computing, cyber situation awareness, etc.

Contact for more details.

CSUS and ECS Security

Information Security Plans:

Sacramento State's Information Security Office Home Page

College of ECS IA Plan

Campus Services

Find Us

Department of Computer Science
Riverside Hall, Room 5060
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (916) 278-5163
Jun Dai, Director